Why Does The Booking Process Take So Long?

My sister was arrested about 90 minutes ago and she called to tell us that all her paperwork is done. We called a bail bonds company but the bondsman is telling us that it will be at least a few more hours before the jail will let anyone post bail bonds. What gives? This doesn’t make sense.

The bondsman is correct—just because the jail is done doing your sister’s intake interview that does not mean her bail bonds are ready to be posted.  When someone is arrested they need to undergo a national background and warrant check and this is done by sending their fingerprints to the Department of Justice (in Washington DC).  As you can imagine, the DOJ gets fingerprints from every jail across the US, 24-hours a day and on average, it takes them 4 to 6 hours to process each warrant check.   Jails will not allow any defendants to post bail bonds until the warrant check results come back.

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